Pennsylvania

  • April 26, 2018

    Merck Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Vaccine Bundle Discounts

    A pediatric medical practice accused Merck & Co. of locking down the market for the rotavirus vaccine by “bundling” the drug with other childhood vaccines it sells to practitioners at a discount, according to a proposed class action in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ex-Allstate Workers Fight Bid To Nix Claims In ERISA Row

    Allstate incorrectly asserted that the state law claims of 14 former Allstate Insurance Co. employees were time-barred, the employees said in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday, fighting the company's quick win bid in their suit alleging they lost retirement benefits when the insurer forced them to either be contractors or face termination.

  • April 26, 2018

    Aetna Says Med Group Overbilled $50M For Newborn Care

    Health insurer Aetna Inc. has accused medical group Mednax Inc. of exploiting its higher reimbursement rates by exaggerating the severity of the clinical condition of newborns and ordering unnecessary tests, resulting in $50 million in overbilling.

  • April 26, 2018

    Medical Care Bid Won't Affect Superfund Plan, 3rd Circ. Told

    A Pennsylvania family that alleged their water supply was contaminated from nearby naval base operations urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to revive their case, arguing their bid for government-funded medical monitoring wouldn’t interfere with the government’s cleanup plan for the Superfund property.

  • April 26, 2018

    EQT Midstream Boosts Biz With Asset Buy, $2.4B Merger

    Pittsburgh-based EQT Midstream Partners LP said Thursday it will consolidate operations through deals that include the acquisition of two Ohio natural gas gathering systems for $1.69 billion and a merger with Rice Midstream Partners LP with a transaction value of $2.4 billion.

  • April 26, 2018

    Teva Settles Case Over Alleged Info Sharing With Rival CEO

    Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. has settled its claims against rival Apotex Inc. alleging that the company's onetime CEO benefited from confidential information he gained from a former Teva executive with whom he had a romantic relationship.

  • April 26, 2018

    PSEG Unit Pays $40M To End Probe Of Power Market Bidding

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement in which a trading unit of utility giant PSEG Inc. agreed to pay approximately $40 million in penalties, disgorgement and interest to resolve allegations it violated bidding rules in wholesale power markets run by regional grid operator PJM Interconnection LLC.

  • April 26, 2018

    Cozen O'Connor Snags 14-Atty Drinker Biddle Litigation Team

    Philadelphia-based Cozen O'Connor on Thursday announced that the firm had snagged a 14-attorney litigation team, including three partners, from crosstown rival Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to help launch a newly formed life insurance and annuities practice and a software industry group.

  • April 25, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Says Conrail Off Hook For Asbestos Death

    A Pennsylvania appeals court Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a case brought against Consolidated Rail Corp. by a man who died of lung cancer because of asbestos exposure, noting that all evidence indicates he signed away his right to sue in 2004 when settling his previous case for having nonmalignant mesothelioma.

  • April 25, 2018

    McNees Wallace Hires Atty With Gambling Industry Expertise

    Pennsylvania firm McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has hired an of counsel attorney with experience in the gambling industry to join its litigation, public sector, white collar defense and internal investigations practice groups.

  • April 25, 2018

    Philly Political Consultant Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

    A political consultant with ties to a convicted Philadelphia district attorney pled guilty Wednesday to one count of tax evasion for failing to file personal income taxes for four years and later trying to conceal some of his income from those years when he finally did file returns, according to a press release.

  • April 25, 2018

    Ex-Nelson Levine Attys Can't Dodge Firm Wrap-Up Dispute

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused Tuesday to throw out a suit by an ex-name partner of Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton LLC who is attempting to push former colleagues into mediation over funds he claims they owe the dissolved firm.

  • April 25, 2018

    Senate Dems Grill Trump Nominee For 5th Circ. Seat

    Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday grilled Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s general counsel Andrew S. Oldham, nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, over his record defending the state.

  • April 25, 2018

    Judges Face Tough Choices In Fighting Political Attacks

    A recent push in two states to remove judges over controversial decisions and efforts to limit court authority through legislation in more than a dozen others represent a kind of Catch-22 for courts looking to publicly defend their independence while trying to remain out of the political fray, experts said.

  • April 25, 2018

    Cities Lack Standing In DOD Gun Database Suit, Judge Says

    A Virginia federal judge held Tuesday that New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco lack standing for litigation seeking to compel the U.S. Department of Defense to fully comply with criminal database reporting requirements, saying they haven’t alleged a sufficient injury in their quest to prevent service members with military convictions from securing firearms.

  • April 25, 2018

    Inside The Fight To Buy Out UK’s Sky

    U.K. telecom giant Sky ditched a takeover offer from 21st Century Fox in favor of a sweeter buyout offer from Comcast worth $41 billion, as Disney had planned to nab a suite of Fox assets that included its holdings in Sky. Here, a Law360 graphic details the many twists since Sky began entertaining the idea of a buyout in 2016.

  • April 25, 2018

    Trump's Remarks Can Be Used In Philly's Sanctuary City Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge said on Tuesday that certain incendiary remarks from President Donald Trump about immigrants would be factored into his thinking in an upcoming trial challenging the administration’s threat to revoke funding from the city of Philadelphia over its refusal to cooperate fully with immigration officials.

  • April 25, 2018

    Consent Confusion Sank Tribune Race Bias Suit, 3rd Circ. Told

    A former Tribune Media Co. employee urged the Third Circuit on Wednesday to revive his 10-year-old race bias claim dismissed by the bankruptcy judge overseeing the company’s Chapter 11 proceeding, arguing he never knew he had the option to have his case heard in another jurisdiction.

  • April 25, 2018

    Consol Beats Bid To Halt Mine Expansion Under Pa. Park

    A Pennsylvania environmental appeals board on Tuesday shot down a petition seeking an immediate pause on a permit allowing Consol Energy Inc. to expand an underground coal mine, already the largest such operation in North America, below a state park.

  • April 25, 2018

    Sky Brushes Off Fox As $41B Comcast Offer Rolls In

    Sky PLC said Wednesday it has scrapped a recommendation that its shareholders approve plans to be bought by 21st Century Fox for $14.8 billion, after Comcast Corp. lobbed a new offer that values the U.K. telecom giant’s share capital at $31 billion and includes $10 billion in net debt.

Expert Analysis

  • Cosby’s Conviction And How #MeToo Is Changing Legal Cases

    Ross Kramer

    Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Thursday after a retrial in Pennsylvania demonstrates how the #MeToo movement is having a profound impact on the legal landscape. The Cosby proceedings provide a perfect case in point because of the stark contrast between his first trial in June 2017 and his retrial in April 2018, say Ross Kramer and Suzanne Jaffe Bloom of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • The Carbon Tax Could Come Soon To A State Near You

    Ryan Maness

    Despite recent setbacks in state legislatures, this year's carbon tax push has been the most successful in American history, demonstrating that the idea has carved a place in our political landscape, says Ryan Maness, tax counsel at government relations services firm MultiState Associates Inc.

  • State Electric Generator Subsidies Challenge FERC Markets

    Richard Drom

    In recent weeks, regional transmission organizations have attempted to amend their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tariffs to protect their energy and capacity markets from state subsidies for certain types of power generation. Such subsidies challenge FERC’s authority to effectively operate competitive wholesale markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Big Changes Ahead For Renewable Fuel Standard

    Joel Beauvais

    The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the center of sustained policy discussion and resulting uncertainty during the first year of the Trump administration. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze recent developments with a focus on the legal framework and implications for the RFS program.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Trespass By Fracking: Pennsylvania Court Weighs In

    L. Poe Leggette

    Reversing a lower court's motion for summary judgment, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently held that trespass and conversion claims arising from a hydraulic fracturing operation are not precluded by the rule of capture. The case raises unsettling questions for oil and gas operators, say L. Poe Leggette and Jasper Mason of BakerHostetler.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.